• Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins

When thinking about Fort Collins, my mind always goes to great beer and a vibrant downtown historic district. The community is home to more than 20 craft breweries, including the fourth largest U.S. craft brewer, New Belgium Brewing Co. However, there is a significant artsy side that groups should plug into as well when meeting in this northern Colorado community.

Painted Pianos & Transformer Cabinets

Create a team-building scavenger hunt to find some of the 100 pianos painted by artists that are rotated to locations around Fort Collins. Now its 10th season, the piano project is a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program, Bohemian Foundation, and the Downtown Development Authority. It’s fun to sit down and play a tune while admiring the art. 

Or create a challenge to find some of the 377 transformer cabinet murals throughout the city and propose some new ideas. Introduced in 2004 as a graffiti abatement program, the Transformer Cabinet Mural Project lowers maintenance costs and adds colorful art installations in unexpected places. Local artists and nonprofit groups paint the cabinets in this collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program and Utilities Light and Power. 

Places to Create

One of the coolest make-your-own projects for groups that I’ve run across is designing and creating your own custom shoes at Colorado Shoe School, with options ranging from one to five days. Participants work in a custom-built studio that resembles a towering treehouse in Bellvue, a small community about 15 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. Making sneakers is a one-day effort, while slippers require two days and shoes/boots five days. 

For projects that take less time, head straight for Extra Arts & Drafts, Fort Collins’ first maker’s bar that opened in March 2021. Groups can create upscale DIY projects like leather objects, moss or string art, macrame, bottle openers, resin jewelry, and more while sipping a beer, wine, cider, or non-alcoholic offering. 

Live Music

During summer, the alfresco music scene comes alive in Fort Collins. Groups, visitors and locals alike can enjoy tunes five days a week. Most are free, and there is typically the option to purchase food and beverage. Why not join in the festivities if your gathering isn’t too large or utilize the venues and local bands for your own private gig?

Add a little color and style by embracing the art while meeting in Fort Collins. 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

While many know Colorado as a big craft beer state (fifth place ranking in the United States for number of craft breweries) and the founding place of Coors, its place on the nation’s wine map continues to expand. Just as some people prefer an IPA to a stout, some folks are more sauvignon black than merlot. What’s a meeting and event planner to do? 

Go local

 

It’s a magazine editor’s dream to receive an email saying, “I have a great event space I wanted to get on your radar.” Sometimes, the statement leads to a ho-hum, not very interested reaction, but this one has me excited to see the results upon the expected fall opening of Society bordering the River North Art District (RiNo) in Denver. Formerly The Wrangler bar and nightclub, vacant since 2018, the three-story, 15,000-square-foot multipurpose collective at 3090 N. Downing St. will house three concepts: Thrive, Vibe, and Alive.